I did a quick search but did not find what I was looking for. I have a 20 year old 35' sloop (Holby Marine, Clearwater model) and I am redoing the exterior teak. Stripping, sanding, Cetol Natural and gloss, it is coming out good (to my satisfaction) compared to the what it looked like when I bought it 3 years ago.
StrbdSide Toe rail (as purchased) to Aft trim (refinished).
Port side Toe Rail (stripped and sanded) to Aft Trim (refinished)
I am removing the Stainless Steel (heavy and non magnetic) hardware and I will reinstall with new screws (the existing screws seem to be a mixture of what ever was available when some came loose).
My question is should I fill the existing holes with epoxy and re-drill, or will that just remove the epoxy? Or should I drill for slightly deeper screws (I have plenty of depth) fill the holes, thread it with a screw, back it out and reinsert the screws after the epoxy is cured and the rail is stained?
Here is what I have for epoxy,
The LifeCalk is what I am using to fill any gaps between the rail and the deck. There are NO leaks anywhere and the rail mounting is very solid, so I am not removing the teak from the boat, just want to re-install the SS caps.
Comments, suggestions welcome.